Anniversary

“celebrate good times” Kool & the Gang I don’t suppose many people celebrated the 23rd March. A year ago, this day lockdown started in the UK. Unbelievable as it seems, we have now been under covid restrictions one way or another for just over a year. Who would have thought it, a year ago? Around …

Survival Plan

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style” Maya Angelou Take a look at the first image. What does it say to you? This painting by Chagall, who was a Russian Jew, was made during the Holocaust …

‘I wonder…’

As one year ends and another begins, it can be a good time to pause, look back and reflect as well as look forward in hope.  In my ponderings, I’ve been drawn to the theme of ‘wondering’.  One definition of ‘wonder’ includes; a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar.  …

Zeitgeist

“If you’re going through hell, keep going” Winston Churchill Shelterers in the Tube 1941 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05712 Take a look at the two pictures. The first is a commission I made as part of an event aiming to focus on the Christian meaning of …

Reflection for the second lockdown

Struggling with the second lockdown? Take 10 minutes to listen to this gentle reflection about this challening time for all. We invite you to reflect on what your coping strategies will be. For many reflection, meditation and mindfulness have proved vital for coping in these difficult times. For a full list of our guided meditations …

Sink or Swim

“keep up your courage” (Acts 27) This painting by Rembrandt depicts Christ in the storm: a story in which the disciples and Jesus are out on the lake and a storm blows up. Jesus is fast asleep in the boat, and the disciples wake him, asking “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”. Who are …

Craftivism as lockdown eases

What racical crafty acts can you do in this time as lockdown eases and we all gaze into an unknown future. I have put together a few ideas but I would love to know your ideas too, please share them in the comments. Making masks for care homes. We all need a good stash of …

Mindfulness in difficult times: a free course

Welcome to our free mindfulness course, mindfulness in difficult times. This course aims to help you become more present in the moment, more focused and if you choose to it could be the beginning for a regular mindfulness practice. It takes you through 6 key mindfulness techniques over 6 sessions. Accredited mindfulness teacher Cathy Ward …

Hope for Hearts

“always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13) I wonder how the first image affects you: which square are you drawn to? What do you think it says? This piece, one of my earlier works, is currently on show in a local atrium, and so visible to the general public. I was …